BTW, this is being broadcast in Australia and only in Australia so far, so how do I even know about it? Here's the deal: A fan came across Kyla May's Website, and contacted me to ask if she was any relation (for those who know me only as Baloo, my name is Rex May). Well, she definitely isn't, as she's Australian and I'm a Yank, but it's flattering, because a look at her site shows that she's one heck of a cartoonist. In fact, she's like me insofar as she has a "cute" style, though the resemblance ends there. Looking further at her site, I came across "SheZow" and had to follow up on that, and I found all this neat stuff. To begin with, I assumed that the whole business was an Australian thing, but then I found out that the concept and the writing come from Obie Scott Wade, who is as American as I am. Here's his website. Before we go any further, take a look at episode one of SheZow:
SZ 1x01 - SheZow Happens/Coldfinger by Neomysterion
Neat, huh? Watch the first sixteen episodes HERE.
Being a cartoonist myself, of course I think of origins and influences. Here's how it happened. Obie included a short "SheZow" feature as an episode of "Shorty McShorts' Shorts," on the Disney Channel back in 2007. You can watch it HERE..... Got it? Note that it's virtually identical to the later show, but that the character design has been monumentally enhanced by Kyla May's design. What was just cute is now funny cute.
But then I thought a little further.... "SheZow" — that had to first enter Obie's mind as a variant of "Shazam," most likely "Shezam." I was close. It was "Shee-Zaam." Other than the whole Captain Marvel "Shazam" thing, the influences, both on the art and the writing, are manifest — Batman of course, in both its serious and frivilous incarnation , the Powerpuff Girls, James Bond, that show with the talking car, all of Jay Ward's stuff, a slight Tennessee Tuxedo sensibility now and then, most probably Ranma, Star Wars, and so on and so on.
So behold the genesis and development of a very clever and funny feature. When this gets to Japan, they're gonna go nuts, and rightly so.